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Google Now Lets You Use Your iPhone as a Security Key

Google Now Lets You Use Your iPhone as a Security Key – By Josh Hendrickson reviewgeek.com

Enabling two-step authentication is one of the more essential steps you can take to secure your accounts. And the best way to do that is to skip SMS and go straight to a physical security key. The only problem is remembering to bring the key with you. That’s getting easier every day with Google accounts; your iPhone can now serve as that physical key.


Have an iPhone? Use it to protect your Google Account with the Advanced Protection Program – By security.googleblog.com

Security keys use public-key cryptography to verify your identity and URL of the login page, so that an attacker can’t access your account even if they have your username or password. Unlike other two-factor authentication (2FA) methods that try to verify your sign-in, security keys are built with FIDO standards that provide the strongest protection against automated bots, bulk phishing attacks, and targeted phishing attacks. You can learn more about security keys from our Cloud Next ‘19 presentation.

Best practices for creating and securing stronger passwords

10 best practices for creating and securing stronger passwords – By Kenny Kline godaddy.com

There’s never been a better time to beef up your security with stronger passwords. A Consumer Reports survey found that more than 50 percent of U.S. adults have six or more password-protected accounts online. Other research suggests that by 2020, there will be 100 billion online passwords in use all around the globe. Each one of these accounts is a potential target for hackers — and needs stronger passwords.

– Use a Password Manager to Keep Your Passwords Safe

How to Use a Password Manager to Keep Your Passwords Safe By GoDaddy youtube  VIDEO

There are a number of recommended best practices for passwords. Make your passwords lengthy. Use complex strings of numbers, symbols, and characters that are not in the dictionary, increasing the effort required to break your passwords. Use a different password for every online account, to prevent a breach at one site from cascading across all your accounts.

Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network – By David Nield wired.com

Your router is perhaps the most important gadget in your home. It checks all incoming and outgoing traffic, acting as a sentry to make sure that nothing dangerous comes in and nothing sensitive goes out. It controls access to your home Wi-Fi network and through that all of your phones, tablets, laptops, and more. If someone else gains access to that network—whether a remote hacker or your next-door neighbor—it can be quick work to compromise those devices.

Avoid These 3 Money Scams

Watch Your Wallet — Avoid These 3 Money Scams – By Step Guide fool.com

There are few feelings worse than realizing you've been had — especially if you've been taken to the cleaners in the process. It happens to many people, though, because there are gobs of financial scams out there, and plenty of scammers looking for people to take advantage of.


I dreaded switching checking accounts for years, but when I finally sat down to do it I was finished in 3 minutes byTanza Loudenback businessinsider.com
There's a concept in behavioral finance called status quo bias and I'm guilty of it.

It means that when it comes to my money, I'm often content with things the way they are — the decision with the least amount of work or change required is often my preference. As long as nothing is going horribly wrong, I'm fine.

Password Manager Protects You From Phishing Scams

How a Password Manager Protects You From Phishing Scams – By Chris Hoffman howtogeek.com

Password managers make it easy to use strong, unique passwords everywhere. That’s one significant benefit to using them, but there’s another: Your password manager helps protect you from imposter websites trying to “phish” your password.


How to Create Secure Passwords That Aren't Impossible to Type – By David Murphy lifehacker.com

How do you create a strong password? Easy: You mash your keyboard for a few seconds until you have a 50-character hunk of gibberish, then you copy and paste that into a password manager so you don’t have to actually remember what it is.

– Use Your Password Manager for Security Answers

Use Your Password Manager for Security Answers, Too – By David Murphylifehacker.com

It’s been a while since I’ve had to type in some stupid answer to a made-up question when creating an account on a new service. You know what I’m talking about: Forget your password, and you can regain access to your account by typing in the name of your first pet (Mr. Mrglglrm), your favorite sports team (Saskatoon Sirens), or the street you grew up on (Third Street).

Here’s how to wrangle your passwords

Here’s how to wrangle your passwords without going crazy – By Sean Captain fastcompany.com

Marriott. Exactis. Under Armour. The list of online breaches marches on. You can’t prevent corporations from bungling security and leaking your data. But taking extra care with your logins can minimize the damage. Some best practices are obvious: For instance, you shouldn’t use the same username and password for multiple sites, lest hackers who break into one account can access others. And if you don’t store information–such as credit card numbers–in the first place, it can’t be breached.


Better password protections in Chrome – How it works – By security.googleblog.com


Don't Wait for Microsoft to Reset Your Account's Password – By lifehacker.com

Microsoft’s decision to reset the passwords of 44 million accounts, is actually a good thing. If your account is affected, thank Father Gates, because Microsoft is alerting you to the fact that it searched a database of more than three billion leaked accounts and found information belonging to yours.

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